1. Best of Class - Hawley's 2010 Meritage ($52)
|Paul Hawley with California State Fair awards for Hawley|
Then in October, it was Best of Class at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
It's aged 2 years in French oak. 500 cases made and some are apparently still for sale on Hawley's web site.
The wine is bottle labeled "Made with Organic Grapes" (which means both the vineyard and the winery are certified organic).
Aromas: dark berry and plums on the nose with notes of flint and clove.
|John Hawley (with his falcon) in the family's Dry Creek vineyard|
The 23 acre Cassata Vineyard in Glen Ellen in Sonoma Valley is the source for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that fueled Muscardini Cellars' Best of Class win in the Cabernets $35-45 class. The vineyard is certified both organic and Biodynamic.
The Cassata family also makes olive oil, which it sells on its own Cassata-Sonoma web site, along with its newly released 2008 Utopium Cabernet Sauvignon.